Winter 2018

Letter from the Editor

He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter.  John Burroughs

Here we are at Winter Solstice, the day the “sun stands still.” We are grateful that you have taken this time in your busy life to join us in wonder and with admiration for the stories from our winter writers.

In Midwinter, whether in season or spirit, we cozy up with new or well-loved books as we wait for the light of spring. To American naturalist and essayist John Burroughs, winter is not something to overcome; it is something to seek out wholeheartedly. Of this winter he writes, “It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it.”

Citron’s winter issue is crisp with changes in the air. We welcome JR Walsh (Online Editor/Fiction Editor), Nathan Elliott (Creative Nonfiction Editor), Marcena Hooks (Fiction Editor), and Anna Kelly (Social Media Coordinator) to our team. It’s also the last issue for our dear friend, Zach Jacobs (Creative Nonfiction Editor). We will miss him. You can read more about these wonderful writers and editors here.

As this year ends, we are changing how we do the work we love. We’ve made changes to the website, increased our social media presence, and we have started planning our 10th anniversary celebration. Creative Nonfiction is now reading submissions year-round; Fiction and Poetry open in February. Look for more news in January as we celebrate all things citrus-y and good about the last ten years with you.

This magical time of year was also beloved by American artist Andrew Wyeth who said, “I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape. Something waits beneath it; the whole story doesn’t show.”

May this season bring light to your untold stories. On behalf of The Citron Review, I wish you and yours a continued sense of wonder in the new year.

Warmest winter wishes,
Angela M. Brommel
The Citron Review

IMAGE CREDIT: Nathan Elliott, Montréal Ice, 2018


Table of Contents



Notes on the selections by Eric Steineger

Clara Burghelea Mirage
M. Nasorri Pavone Keyhole
Simon Perchik A Sequence of Five Poems
Creative Nonfiction

Notes on the selections by Marianne Woods Cirone

Victoria Buitron The Translator
Kerry Graham He Is
Susan Eve Haar Real People
Linda G. White Ashes

Notes on the selections by Elizabeth De Arcos

Flash Fiction

Andrea Marcusa Freedom
Francine Witte In the dark, everything looks like nothing
Tara Isabel Zambrano Enfold

Micro Fiction

Dakota Canon Loose Change
Dakota Canon We Have Vultures Now
Christopher Gaumer He Died We Left Him Til Morning
2018 Nominations

Notes on the nominations by JR Walsh

Six for The Pushcart Prize
Eight for Best of the Net
Eight for Best Microfiction
Snow on brush in desert

IMAGE CREDIT: Jill Katherine Chmelko. Protest Road, Winter. 2019.

🍋Our Tenth Anniversary


    Cheers to ten years of celebrating the short form.


🍋 Instagram

DS Levy's Micro Fiction takes us to "Babyland" where nothing is as you might expect it. The Citron Review Winter Issue overflows with surprises! DS Levy's chapbook of flash fiction, @a_binary_heart, was published by @flpbooks.
Congratulations to Citron's Online/Fiction Editor Jr Walsh for his recent publication in Nunum's Winter 2019 Volume 2, Issue 4! #flashfiction #fiction #briefliterature #amreading #SundayRead #jrwalsh #yourfavoriteactor
Can you talk with animals? "The Soldier on the Mountain" just might have to. Come hike this #flashfiction odyssey from @BlerianaMyftiu with us. Bleriana Myftiu is from Tirana, Albania. She holds an MFA in Fiction from San Francisco State University and is a Fiction Reader for @atticusreview. Visit
Our first poem of 2020 comes from Richard Foerster in our New Winter Issue. #amreading #poetry Foerster’s eighth collection is Boy on a Doorstep: New and Selected Poems (Tiger Bark Press, 2019)
Pacific Northwest writer @savannahslonewriter reminds us of our new year's resolutions in "i want to start a podcast but." Slone is the author of several books including the forthcoming An Exhalation of Dead Things (@clashbooks, 2021), Hearing the Underwater (@flpbooks, 2019) and This Body is My Own (@ghostcitypress, 2019)
Happy New Year to readers and contributors from @citronreview! Here's to 2020! Our Winter Issue is up at

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